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What The Broncos Said Following Their 22-14 Preseason Loss vs The Seahawks

Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio watches from the sideline during the second half of the team's NFL football preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio watches from the sideline during the second half of the team's NFL football preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Head Coach Vic Fangio

(Thoughts on the first-string offense with Joe Flacco as quarterback…) “I thought it was good. I wish we could have finished the drive. We had a couple of nice runs there early. We had some nice check downs that moved the sticks. I was disappointed in the red zone and that we did not punch it in. That is the difference in four points there we didn’t get. Those add up for you as the game wears on, especially in a game that was close like this was.”

(Was the snap count what you wanted early…) “Yeah, on pretty much both sides of the ball, what we had planned, we were pretty darn close.”

(What did you tell your team after the game about all the penalties…) “When you commit that many penalties, I don’t think many of them were pre-snap penalties. The penalties were during the course of play because you have poor technique or you’re not good enough. With either one you have to cheat, you have to grab guys, you have to hold them. We have to make these guys aware of the proper technique and hopefully their good enough to play honest downs without fouling. It was a highly penalized game, they (Seattle) had a bunch too. We will take a look at each and every one of them when we go back.”

(What did you like about Drew Lock’s first drive…) “He threw it pretty damn good. He seemed to be a little more in control of the operation. Then as the game got out of hand, we were poor on defense in the second half. We had a couple of three and outs there and it goes from 6 to 3 and then they had the safety. So it got out of hand quick there, the three phases didn’t play good enough and then it turns into a obvious pass situation.”

(Down two touchdowns how did Drew (Lock) handle the situation…) “I thought he was okay, obviously he can be better. I thought he has made progress this week and in practice and in the game. I think it showed at times out there. It is still a process for him. I don’t know how long it is going to take. But I think that this past week and game were great for him. He needs to learn from everything and not consider plays failures, they are learning experience not failures.”

(You don’t have a game for awhile how do you think that will help the guys recharge…) “I think it will. Obviously we have tomorrow off and Saturday we will not be on the field, just meet and lift. Then we have a good three days of practice amongst ourselves, then take a day off. And then the 49ers come in late in the week. This is a great week for us, we have been looking forward to it. This is a very important week for us. Then the following two games come on shorter weeks.”

(Is the Austin Fort injury serious…) “Obviously we are going to get an MRI when we get back there, will see and keep our fingers crossed but it might be.”

Quarterback Joe Flacco

(On how he evaluates himself after only seeing action on a few early plays…) “You can still grade snaps and make sure you did the right things. It doesn’t have to be 65, 75 plays in order to do that. You still want to go out there, you get 10, 12 plays, you want to make the most of it. You want to make sure you’re going through the reads, not missing anything, and doing the right thing. I think there are a couple things we can work on from that stand point, but overall I think we kept it simple and executed pretty well.” 

(On seeing his teammate Austin Fort go down with an injury…) “You never like to see that with a young kid like Austin (Fort). He’s a guy that’s been playing well here in training camp, chance to make the team, so it’s definitely a shame to see. I’m sure he’s pretty broken up right now.”

(On what he thought of Drew Lock’s performance…) “He’s doing well. He’s standing in there strong, he’s getting guys where they need to be… The second half of these games are crazy. It’s 22 guys on the football field fighting for, really their life. It shows when you watch those second halves. He’s doing a great job standing in there, getting his eyes where they need to go, and really going the right way with the ball.”

Quarterback Drew Lock

(On if this game felt different than game one…) “Yeah, it felt extremely different. Just dipped my toe in the water that first game. Being able to come out here and kind of get a rhythm, it looked different on my half watching the film. I feel like I can almost watch it like a full game. Maybe a couple drives were choppy, it felt a lot, a lot different compared.”

(On his first run and play with Fumagali…) “The offense made some plays tonight! You wish that when you’re in the red zone, you’d be one hundred percent and score touchdowns, which is what we are going to work on this week honestly, being perfect in the red zone. I think we moved the ball a little bit tonight but I’m upset we didn’t come out with a win.”

(On what it feels like being able to play well even though they didn’t win…) “It was extremely fun, especially at a place like that. My voice is a little raspy, it was loud when you’re in the huddle with the guys. It was fun. Like I said, I wish we came out with a win. We are going to be able to learn from it. There will plays on film that we’ll be able to take. If we make a mistake we won’t make it next week.”

(On the value of the last couple drives of the game) “Yeah, extremely because once you score on that drive, we were looking looking for the defense to make a stop, we were only down by eight and go down there and tie the game up. It’s again, kind of like it was last week. Coming out at the end, it’s super valuable to any team. Especially a lot of young guys out there are trying to go make the cut.”

(On what he focused on in practice this week) “I think I said it last week, focusing on the little things to just go out there and be comfortable with everything. I wanted to feel different on the field than I did the week before. I just went and blocked out the last game. I think I went about it a little differently, me and coach [Rich] Scangarello. It felt really good, hopefully we can build on it.”

(On what throwing his first touchdown pass meant to him…) “It was cool. It was really cool. I’m sure I’ll think about it tonight. Think ‘you threw an NFL touchdown’, but it would be nice to get an NFL win, too.”

(On if his footwork is starting to become second nature…) “I think it’s definitely becoming second nature. The next part about it is picking up blitzes, knowing where you’re hot, there’s always something with the quarterback that I think we can keep making strides. That’s why we play the hardest position in sports, but it’s also extremely fun.”

(On not only using his arm to make plays, but also his quickness and ability to get yards on the ground…) “I think it’s something that it you go back and watch the college tape you’ll see me do a little bit. But, that’s definitely not my strongest suit. My arm is definitely my strongest suit, but I do feel like I can run a little bit.”

(On what his mindset was coming off of the previous preseason game, and if he had anything to prove…) “It wasn’t necessarily about showing everybody else. I wanted to come out and play well for the guys in this locker room, the guys on this team, for the coaches and for myself. It wasn’t that I needed to prove anything to myself. Just, as a competitor, as a quarterback that has to lead 10 other guys down the field, when you don’t play well it hurts you, but really it hurts everyone around you.”

Running Back Phillip Lindsay

(On how it felt to be back on the field…) “it felt good to get back out there and get some rust off. This is the first time I’ve been hit and tackled since pretty much It felt good, the injury. It felt good to just be out with my teammates and have fun. It was fun to be out there.”

(On what happened when he and Flacco collided…) “It was just a miscommunication. It’s loud out there. This is probably one of the loudest stadiums. It just happens like that. We’re still adjusting to different checks and stuff like that.”

(On what Flacco was like in the huddle…) “Oh, smooth. Calm. He was asking us questions, what we wanted. He’s just confident in what he does. He just makes everybody more confident. I’m excited for it. This year is going to be a great year.”

(On his outlook for the season…) “I feel like we’ve got a lot of work to do, but I feel like we’re going in the right direction. We’re starting to put the pieces together.”

(On seeing Royce Freeman break a big run…) “It felt good. It felt good because we’re going to need that. Our running back room is very close. When one does well, we’re all happy. We’re going to need each other. It’s a long season and we need each other.”

Running Back Royce Freeman

(On his 50-yard run…) “Garett (Dalton) and Dalton (Risner) opened it up, then I ran behind Jano (Andy Janovich) and got to the secondary level. I tried to make a move. Next time. It was good to get out there and kind of break one.”

(On what runs like that mean to the running game…) “Our backfield is very versatile. We got all types of different backs, but we can do a lot of things to make plays happen. Establishing the run game, especially with the O line that we have, it sets the tone for a lot of things on our offense.”

(On if he was concerned about Janovich running in front of you after his injury…) “Jano’s a tough guy, man. If anything, he’s one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around. It’s great to have him leading the way on offense, especially as a fullback.”

(On what Janovich does to make him better…) “It’s the communication. The halfback and the fullback have got to be on the same page. It’s a very selfless position he plays. He might get the ball a lot, but to go out there and be able to stick his nose in the stickiest of situations says a lot about him.”

DE Derek Wolfe

(On his overall feeling of where this defense is…) “I thought we gelled pretty good. There’s some injuries in certain spots so the full unit isn’t all together yet, but I think we’re building that continuity and working together and that family feeling like we’re a brotherhood. I think that’s really starting to come along. That has to happen during camp. You’re getting grinded out at camp, you’re tired. And I have a brand new baby at home so when I do go home, I’m not getting any rest. Being in a locker room, you have to enjoy being around each other and going on these road trips together. That’s how you get through it. Going back to back weeks and you’re not getting back until 4 a.m. As a team, this is where you come together at these times. These are really important times.”

(On how the defensive line is coming together…) “The competition that we have going on up front is unbelievable. I’m not going to mention any names, but everybody is playing good football up front. There’s a serious battle going on there to see who’s going to make the team and who’s not going to make the team. That’s the sad part about this league is that you become close with these guys and at the end of this camp, not everyone is going to be here. That’s the reality of it. You build that friendship and family and I think that’s really important, to keep guys that really love and care for each other and want to be around each other. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you don’t mesh and and gel together, and play as a team together, then it doesn’t matter.”

Game action photos from the Seattle Seahawks' 2019 preseason opener against the Denver Broncos at CenturyLink Field.

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